Today marks the first day of spring. As we look forward to an unthaw from the frigid winter, runners also look forward to an exciting season of racing as spring is historically known for its plethora of races in the New York City area.
Here are the top 5 races to add to your calendar this spring:
NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K
March 30, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
Firefighters Field (425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY)
Roosevelt Island is known for its flat terrain and beautiful views of the city. To kick off its spring racing season, NYCRUNS is hosting the Spring Fling 5K & 10K on the quiet roads of Roosevelt Island to usher in warmer weather. Registration for the race is $35 with an optional souvenir tech shirt (not interested in the shirt? Registration is just $25).
Columbia University Road Runners 5K for Charity
April 7, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Riverside Park (109th Street and Riverside Drive, New York, NY)
In its fourth year, the Columbia University Road Runners 5K for Charity raises funds for Achilles International, which helps to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics. The race will be held at Riverside Park. Registration is $15 for Columbia students; $25 for non-students (note: 100% of race proceeds are donated to Achilles International). Registration includes an official race tee, as well as entrance into the post-race lottery drawing.
More Magazine / Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon
April 14, 2013 at 8 a.m.
This women’s half marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a race right in the middle of spring. As one of the country’s largest all-women’s half marathons, the race is held in NYC’s iconic Central Park offers an Athleta tech shirt to participants and medals for all finishers. Registration, which is nearing capacity, is $80 for NYRR members and $90 for non-members.
NYCRUNS Verrazano Festival of Races (Presented by Brooklyn Hospital)
April 27, 2013 at 8 a.m.
Shore Road Park Pier (Shore Road and 69th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
The Verrazano Festival of Races includes half marathon, 10K and 5K races. Race courses loop around the southern edge of Brooklyn, allowing runners to run under the Verrazano Bridge and see the Manhattan Skyline from miles away – something that race organizers promise is “New York running from a whole new perspective.”
While the half marathon is already sold out, spots in the 5K and 10K are still available. Race registration is $40 per race and includes a high-quality technical signlet and post-race recovery meal on the shores of the Verrazano Narrows.
Long Island Marathon
May 5, 2013 at 8 a.m.
Long Island (Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Uniondale)
For runners looking for a local, no-frills marathon, the Long Island Marathon is the right race for you. Held on May 5 in Uniondale in Long Island, the race is applauded for its flat course. Previous participants criticize the course for not being as beautiful or exciting as other courses. Depending on what you’re looking for in your spring race, this may be the one for you. Registration is open online until April 28 and is $72.25 (including convenience fee). Late registration is available at the expo on May 4 or May 5, with a fee of $77.